Natural Ways To Beat Cold & Flu Symptoms While Pregnant

It seems that most of the country is in the midst of a very active cold and flu season. Having a cold, flu, or a stomach bug while pregnant can be very debilitating and even for non-pregnant women there are very few remedies to help ease the symptoms. Generally, while these illness can make you feel miserable, they typically do not pose a threat to mom and baby. **However, if you are experiencing a high fever, prolonged or violent vomiting …

Birthing at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital is a new, state-of-the art military hospital designed to provide “safe, quality, and compassionate care” to our nations active duty military, veterans, and their families. The hospital began serving patients in August of 2011 and was built with evidenced based design in mind- proving a facility designed to produce better physical and emotional outcomes for patients and their families. The hospital is also focused on research and education. In addition to OB/GYN providers, FBCH has a …

My Frank Breech Birth Story

When I first learned I was going to have a baby, I spent hours visualizing my perfect birth- calm, relaxed, and pain free (because how much could it hurt really?). I became a GW midwife patient and planned on having a completely pain medication free birth. I signed up for hynobirthing classes, practiced my meditations, and listened to relaxing music. But when I went into labor at 32 weeks and 6 days, my birth plan went entirely out the window …

Breech Birth: What do you need to know?

Breech birth is a common presentation of a baby at birth. It is estimated that 1 in 25 babies (3-5%) present bottom or feet first when labor begins. Vaginal delivery of breech babies had been the norm until the 20th-century when medical interventions and technology became widespread and cesarean sections became common. While many care providers only deliver breech babies via c-section, there are many obstetricians and midwives who are experienced in breech birth and will attempt a safe vaginal …

Birthing at Inova Alexandria

Inova Alexandria Hospital earns high praise from families and medical review boards for their commitment to family centered care. Their comfortable, spacious, and home-like labor and delivery rooms are designed to provide state-of-the-art care while incorporating comforts of home. Each room also has a full-size walk in / sit down shower. They also offer nitrous oxide as choice for non-invasive pain relief. Wireless monitoring, including the Monica blue tooth system are available for fetal monitoring. You can expect skin-to-skin with …

Frugal Baby Nursery – Do It Yourself!

**Throw back blog post! Izzy is now almost 4 years old!!!** Little Izabel came into our lives at 10:41 on February 10th 2013. She was born into my hands in our home. Check out her birth video here! It was beautiful… every little bit of time I get these days I work on her birth story. It is so personal and emotional to me that I am really finding it hard to put her story into words! So I thought …

Birthing at Virginia Hospital Center

VHC also has a c-section rate well below the national average. Virginia Hospital Center’s Marjorie Sands NICU is a Level III with Children’s Hospital Neonatologists on staff every day. There are 28 private rooms, with special rooms specifically for twins and triples, plus two “going home” suites to help prepare families to bring their baby home. VHC has a thriving relationship with the midwives from Arlington Women’s Center, offering “high touch, low tech” births for families wanting a midwife birth …

Bust The Myths – HypnoBirthing!!!

First, a little about myself and my HypnoBirthing background. I have been a certified HypnoBirthing educator for almost 8 years. Teaching in NC before moving to the DC Metro area. I currently teach monthly HypnoBirthing classes in Alexandria Virginia. I have also been a doula for 9 years. I have worked with hundreds of families in many different birthing locations…. with many different variations of birth. I have also utilized HypnoBirthing with 3 of my own births. (If you are …

Birthing at Inova Fair Oaks

According to their website, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital Birthing Center is focused on providing a “safe, intimate, and comfortable” childbirth experience. With private labor & delivery rooms, private postpartum rooms with rooming-in encouraged, dedicated cesarean rooms, and access to lactation consultants, Inova Fair Oaks has earned many accolades for its services. Recently, the hospital and its staff have added additional services to support natural birthing methods such as: laboring in a water tub (bring your own!), access to peanut ball …